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Pre-Listing Inspection

Are you preparing your home to place it on the market?

Most informed buyers will probably have a third party inspection performed on your home prior to closing. An inspection will almost always reveal the need for some deficiencies to be corrected before the buyers move forward on the purchase of the house. This could place you, as the seller, in a position to do some quick, hasty repairs to meet time constraints of the sales contract, which could cost considerably more than if you had time to do the repairs in a leisurely manner. Getting your home inspected before you put it on the market will help eliminate these kind of surprises and could save you a lot of money on repair costs.

A pre-listing inspection is also a great sales tool. Having a pre-sales inspection performed will insure the potential buyers that you are concerned about their interest in the transaction and will give them more confidence to complete the purchase. This pre-listing inspection gives you the ability to list your home with confidence and at a higher price.

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Buyer Inspection

Purchasing a new home is one of the largest investments most people will make in their lifetime. The process of buying a home is an exciting and fun time but is also very emotional and most of the time stressful. This emphasizes the need for an unbiased, third party home inspection which can bring perspective and peace of mind to the process. A well trained, experienced home inspector can save potential home buyers literally thousands of dollars in repair cost for deficiencies in the home that were either not disclosed or not evident.

We are able to identify deficiencies which are present in the home and can recognize prior repairs which have been made and in many cases can see the potential for future problems that may exist. We encourage buyers to accompany us on the inspection and to ask questions as we move through the inspection process. This enables us to familiarize you with the house and educate you on the operations and maintenance issues of the various systems in the house.

Our property inspection reports are thorough, clear and concise, with digital photos for added clarity. Reports are delivered the same day and are emailed to the client in PDF format for fast, easy delivery, printing and storage.

Allow us to help reduce your risk as you make one of the largest purchases of your lifetime. With our experience and desire to complete the most thorough inspections possible, you can rest at ease knowing your new home has been thoroughly inspected. After the inspection, we remain available for any questions or follow up that may be required.

Builder Inspection

If you own a new home and your 1 year builders warranty is about to expire, you should consider having your home inspected by a professional home inspector. Quite often problems and deficiencies in a new home will begin showing up in the first year of the homeís life. Having an inspection done a few weeks to a month before your warranty expires will give you time to notify the builder of items that are in need of repair. These repairs should be made at the builders expense, possibly saving you many times the cost of the inspection. If no problems are found, you will have the peace of mind knowing your home is in great condition for years to come.

Your inspection will be accompanied by a complete and thorough written report with descriptions and digital pictures of deficiencies found in your home. The report can serve as documentation of the work that is required which should be covered by the builders warranty.

Your new home is a large investment in your future. Proper care and maintenance is of great importance and will increase the life span of your home and itís systems. Having your home inspected will increase the enjoyment of living in your new home, knowing that all systems are in good working condition.

 

 

Foreclosure Inspections: Trust Your Gut

by Nick Gromicko, Rob London and Kate Tarasenko

So, you want to buy a house cheap, and you look to the foreclosure market. Considering the over-abundance of these properties and just how little many of them are going for, itís tempting to jump on the bandwagon and buy up. And it may pay off as a long-term investment. But, like any other major purchase, you should know as much as you can about a property before you buy it, which is why home inspections, performed by certified InterNACHI inspectors, are necessary.

Unfortunately, many real estate agents, who donít like bargaining with banks, are advising clients that home inspections are of no value as a bargaining tool, since banks donít negotiate on ďas isĒ properties. As an added disincentive, banks selling properties ďas isĒ have no legal responsibility for any lurking defects. While the agent's advice to forgo an inspection as a means to negotiate on the price may be logical, it is startlingly counter-intuitive, and possibly even negligent. Would you buy a car without knowing whether it has a transmission? The same premise holds true for a house, regardless of whether you intend to live in it, or fix it and flip it. The Realtor may be trying to salvage a deal that could possibly be scrapped if an inspector uncovers damage that the bank is unwilling to pay for, and you, as the buyer, have to realize that the agent's advice is not in your best interest. In this case, theyíre putting you at risk in order to ensure they get their commission.

Any Realtor advising against an inspection on a foreclosure (or neglecting to recommend that one be performed) is ignoring the likelihood that, long before the previous owners stopped making mortgage payments, they deferred required maintenance tasks. Moisture intrusion leading to leaks and mold are just a few of the major problems commonly found by inspectors in foreclosed properties. Tales abound of bizarre discoveries in abandoned properties, from wild boars to colossal bees nests. Former owners may loot their own properties, taking with them anything they can pry up or unscrew, and leave behind trash and junk that you have to pay for to have removed.

There are also stories of foreclosed properties that have been intentionally vandalized by their former owners in acts of retaliation against their banks. In one infamous case in early 2010, an Ohioan bulldozed his $250,000 home after the IRS placed liens on his carpet store, and then threatened to take his house. The damage done by the owner was apparent, but there are probably less extreme situations where the damage isnít as obvious, making a home inspection of utmost priority.

You should always get a home inspection before buying a property, especially when youíre buying a bank-owned foreclosure. In such cases, it may be impossible to find out how well the home was cared for, or whether major damage was done right before the past owners left the property. Ask the bank how much time you have after your initial offer to have an inspection performed, and schedule one immediately. If it goes well, youíll enter into the deal with peace of mind and a better idea of what repairs youíll have to deal with. That alone is worth the price of an inspection. If the inspection reveals a costly disaster, you can back out of the deal and save tens or even hundreds of thousands

 

 

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